I painted a chandelier with a girlfriend recently and wanted to share what we did if you ever want to paint one yourself. This was an old (and somewhat dated) chandelier that was hanging in her dining room when she bought her house. She wanted to give it a face lift so she could hang it in her home office. It had been in her garage for quite a while so the most tedious and daunting part of the project was cleaning it. We wiped the grime and dust off and soaked all the crystals. Here’s a how it looked before we started painting (the dog wanted to be included that day).
We took turns holding and spraying the chandelier because we had to spin as we sprayed in order to get good coverage. Then we hung it on a hook to dry. We used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in semi-gloss white. We just barely got into the second can so depending on the size of your project, one can might cover it. One thing I highly recommend is the Rust-Oleum Comfort Grip. I’ve never used it before and I will never NOT use again. It just clicks onto the spray paint can and you pull the trigger. You’re fingers don’t get covered in spray drippings and your hand won’t be sore from pressing the spray spout. It’s reusable and cost about $7 dollars. Well worth the money and time to buy it!
You’ll notice there’s a lot of gold metal clasps holding the crystals together. I wish I could remember where we saw it (think it was on Pinterest) but we saw a post using a paint pen to paint the metal clasps. It worked great! I’m a big fan of paint pens and I am seeing them everywhere now (they’ve probably been around for years!) I used a different brand in black for a wood porch sign I did here but we used a Sharpie for this project. We basically just colored over the gold. Make sure to paint the back of the metal too. This is something we didn’t think of. It might be a bit hard to get behind the metal clasps but it’s worth trying to paint what you can because when the chandelier is hung, you can see all angles of the crystals, not just the front. It’s not glaringly noticeable but something to keep in mind that totally slipped ours.
Here’s the finished chandelier hanging up and looking great (both day and night)! We didn’t put all of the crystals back on, in fact, probably only about half were used. And we made our own design when putting them back on, in part because we didn’t know how they were supposed to go back on! I always hear people say they aren’t creative enough to do this or that. My response? 1.Try and 2. Do what you want to do. That’s what we did on a Sunday afternoon and now there’s a beautiful chandelier hanging in the house instead of the garage.